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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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Address
2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Summer Events & Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.
  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM – 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tue 26 Jun
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, playing games, joining in story time, and socializing with other toddlers! Parent or caregiver is required to stay. Ages 1-3 (flexible)

Fri 29 Jun
Toddler-led Hike
Friday, June 29, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Meet at the Nature Interpretive Center and let the tots lead the way! Hike it Baby members or potential members. For more information, please visit: https://hikeitbaby.com/   

Fri 29 Jun
International Mud Day
Friday, June 29, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

School's out, so have some fun in the mud! Activities, lessons, and fun facts all about getting down and dirty! Wear clothing you do not mind getting dirty.

All Ages

Sat 30 Jun
Wake Up and Walk
Saturday, June 30, 2018 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Improve your health while de-stressing by joining us for fast paced walks on our trails every Saturday morning in the summer.

Ages 12 and up

Tue 03 Jul
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, playing games, joining in story time, and socializing with other toddlers! Parent or caregiver is required to stay.

Ages 0-3 (flexible)

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